Borderstan contributors-editors Michelle Bradbury and Mike Kohn competed Sunday at USA Dance’s 2011 Mid-Atlantic Championships in Bethesda. Several Borderstan team members were on hand to cheer them on at the ballroom dance competition (they do not dance together). Mike and partner, Sara, took 5th place in the Adult Novice Latin category.
Here’s what Michelle and Mike have to say about ballroom dancing — and what it takes in terms of time and skills.
Borderstan: How long have you been ballroom dancing?
Michelle: I have been dancing ballroom for the last two-and-a-half years. I got started through school my freshman year. But I did ballet and jazz for seven years before college.
Mike: I’ve been ballroom dancing for seven years now. I started when I was a freshman in college and I got hooked — I’ve been dancing ever since. At the beginning it was more about social dancing and having fun with my friends, but I slowly got more and more into competing, which I do about once every two months or so in a full year.